World must come together to reframe development | Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau
12 Jun 2012
The rise of Asia, economic challenges in the West, the increasing importance of foundations and the private sector in development mean global development partnerships must be broader than ever before. It must also reflect the aspirations of the poor and marginalized, who are demanding to be heard.
At the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Republic of Korea, in 2011, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and emerging countries, traditional donors, developing nations, the private sector, civil society and other groups came together to endorse a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
The broad consensus reached at Busan lights the way for the world to work together in reframing development after the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. Consultations on a new development framework are underway. The United Nations is leading a comprehensive process within countries and regions on global themes to help build consensus.
This is why 13 Asian nations are sharing views on what should come next . Their recommendations should feed into the post-2015 consultation process, which is as important as the end result. If all actors do not buy in, the new framework will not work.
The Republic of Korea can help broker the new global development partnerships we need. The memories of the country’s rapid rise from the Korean War to a developed donor nation are still fresh. So Korea has many lessons to share with developing countries.
The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre helps capture and share these development lessons. It also engages in research and policy dialogue to help middle-income countries tackle their development challenges.
By building bridges, the Centre can help create the new, broad global development partnerships we need.